Treasured Pinetown church bell still missing

2008-08-22 00:00

There is still no sign of a 200-year-old bell that was stolen from the St John the Baptist Anglican Church in Pinetown a week ago.

The bell, which was brought to South Africa from Scotland, was stolen from the church's bell tower.

It is believed that the bell was sold to a metal scrap yard.

Church leader Reverend Andrew Warmback has urged the criminals who took the bell to return it so that church services can return to normal.

Parishioners discovered that the 15-kg bell was missing when they went to ring it for the Sunday morning service.

Police were called in and a massive search for the bell began.

Warmback said that even though worried parishioners have searched local scrap yards and pawn shops, there is still no sign of the bell.

"Our parishioners are very upset as the bell was an important part of our church services. It was hand rung five minutes before each service," he said.

He said the congregation are being positive and praying that the bell will be recovered soon.

According to Warmback, the bell would be very difficult to replace.

Police spokesman Inspector Solomon Mbele said police were still investigating the theft.

No arrests have been made.

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